Volume 59 No 4  Cover Story

Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) for acute intracranial internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusion is often complicated by difficult revascularization and non-involved territory embolization. A strategy of proximal aspiration thrombectomy before standard MT may result in shorter puncture-to-reperfusion time and better angiographic outcome than a strategy of standard MT for acute intracranial ICA occlusion. Lower figures showed one illustrative case of “responders” to the aforementioned procedure.